In recent weeks numerous signs have popped up throughout Marsh Harbour, most notably at the traffic light, advertising a night club located in the Haitian Shanty Town known as the Mudd which has caused a stir among residents.
On Sunday, September 1 a Back-to-School Giveaway was organized for students from The Mudd. The event, which was organized in part by Octervil Baptist, was the result of donations from local businesses, churches and private citizens. According to Mr. Baptiste this is the first such event organized for the shanty town community. He said that unless the larger community sees them helping themselves and trying to better themselves, how can they expect help and acceptance from Abaconians.
As a result of findings in the Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) report on Shanty Towns, Environment and Housing Minister Kenred Dorsett said on July 4 that they will move forward with the prosecution of land-owners. The report noted an emerging trend in shantytowns of the increasing number of Bahamians or people who claim to be Bahamian, who live in or frequent these towns. According to the report, there are at least 15 shantytowns in New Providence and numerous more in the family islands.
A report on shanty towns, as promised by the Minister of the Environment and Housing Ken Dorsett, was released on July 3, 2013 highlighting troubling data on environmental concerns in these communities across New Providence and several out islands including Abaco.